Are you a final year undergraduate or doing a taught postgraduate? If you’re thinking about a career in the non-profit, charity or housing sector, Charityworks may be your answer. Charityworks is dedicated to finding and developing the future leaders of the non-profit sector in the UK. The only graduate scheme of its kind, Charityworks is a paid, twelve month graduate scheme placing you in a job with a leading charity or housing organisation, at the same time as taking part in an extensive management training course.
Here’s what one Edinburgh student recently said about their placement with Charityworks:
“Management trainees on the Charityworks scheme receive a full time placement in a third sector organisation, training from leaders in the sector, a mentor and accreditation from the Institute of Learning and Management. I work at [a charity] which supports adults with learning difficulties. Other trainees are based in housing organisations or campaigning charities. I have been managing a project of 6 self-advocacy groups based in -shire and working with an organisation which employs Quality Assessors and managers with a learning difficulty to assess the quality of support we offer. This means my work ranges from supporting people to organising a local sponsorship effort to creating a learning and development portfolio or to launching a recruitment drive.”
(The graduate does also talk about a gruelling recruitment process! The full case study is available on SAGE – search for Employers >> Charityworks and then click on the Employer News item for Charityworks)
The main benefits of Charityworks are:
- A full time salary of £15,000 for 12 months
- An opportunity to work in at least one leading charitable organisation (a list of partners can be found on their website)
- Bi-monthly learning sessions, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management
- The skills needed to work at first level management across the non profit sector
- The opportunity to influence change through project work and research
- Mentoring from a sector expert
- A professional network of 50+ non profit organisations
- A powerful peer group
After the first two years of the scheme, 100% of the Graduate Trainees were offered jobs in the organisations with whom they had undertaken a placement, all in a position above entry level.
The closing date for applications is April 22 2013. Find out more about applying on the Charityworks website.